Zion Genealogical Society (Illinois)

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Zion Genealogical Society (ZGS)
Contact Info
Email ziongenealogy@aol.com
Website www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~ilzgs/
Society Meetings
Address Beach Park Village Hall
11270 West Wadsworth Road
Beach Park, Illinois
Day of Meeting Third Monday
Time of Meeting 7:00 p.m.

Purpose of the Society

The Zion Genealogical Society serves not only the Zion-Benton Community but also includes the neighboring Lake County Illinois Communities of: Beach Park, Gurnee, North Chicago, Park City, Wadsworth, Waukegan, Wildwood, and Winthrop Harbor.

Help the Society Can Provide

The Zion Genealogical Society is sponsored by the Zion-Benton Public Library. Mail to the Society should be sent in care of the Zion-Benton Public Library at 2400 Gabriel Avenue, Zion, Illinois 60099-2280. The Society’s genealogical research materials are housed at the Zion-Benton Public Library for public use.

Record Collections

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Indexes for (County/town/state name)

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Publications In the Society's Holdings

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Family Files (any other paper files)
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Publications for Sale

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Look up Services

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Local Repositories Society Members Visit

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Benefits to Those Who Join the Society

Cost of membership and how to join:
The Society membership year runs from September 1 to August 31. Individual annual dues are $15 (online newsletter) or $18 (paper newsletter). Family annual dues are $18 (online newsletter) or $21 (paper newsletter). Lifetime membership is also available for $150 (online or paper newsletter). Dues may be paid at Society meetings or sent to the Zion-Benton Public Library in care of the Society. Please notify the Society promptly of any changes to either your postal or e-mail address.

Unlimited Online Access to:

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The Illuminator (on-line newsletter) is published the first week of February, May, August and November. Items which appear in The Illuminator are carefully selected by the staff. These items are included for the convenience of our members. The ZGS makes no claims on the validity or accuracy of the statements made.

Contributions to The Illuminator are very welcome. Articles may be submitted to the editor or mailed to the Society as stated above. The staff of The Illuminator reserves the right to limit the length of articles, subject to available space. Articles can also be e-mailed to the Society at ziongenealogy@aol.com.

Free Look Ups:

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Field Trips:

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Society Happenings


General meetings are held on the third Monday of each month and begin at 7:00 p.m. These meetings are open to the public at the Beach Park Village Hall at 11270 West Wadsworth Road, Beach Park, Illinois.


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Board Meetings

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Society Projects


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Past Projects

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